HBO Greenlights ‘True Detective’ Season 3 With Mahershala Ali and Director Jeremy Saulnier

Third installment in noir anthology will be set in the Ozarks across three separate time periods

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HBO has officially given the green light to the long-delayed third installment of Nic Pizzolatto’s noir anthology series “True Detective,” the network announced on Thursday.

Led by “Moonlight” star Mahershala Ali, “True Detective” Season 3 will tell the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

“Nic has written truly remarkable scripts. With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next installment of True Detective,” HBO President Casey Bloys said in a statement.

After a highly lauded debut outing, “True Detective” last aired on HBO in 2015 with a more tepidly received second season starring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, Kelly Reilly, and Vince Vaughn. Though it had never previously been officially picked up for a third season, HBO repeatedly assured that the show wasn’t dead.

For the newly announced third season, “Green Room” writer-director Jeremy Saulnier has signed on to the series to serve as executive producer and director alongside Pizzolatto.

“I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy. I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story,” said Pizzolatto.

Every episode of the season will be written by Pizzolatto, with David Milch serving as co-writer on the fourth episode of the season. Pizzolatto will also serve as executive producer on the series alongside Scott Stephens and Saulnier.

Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown of Anonymous Content are also executive producers, as are series vets Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Cary Joji Fukunaga.